Monthly Archives: July 2011

Welcoming New Arrivals and Saying Goodbye to Au Pairs Leaving

So many new people to welcome and so many great au pairs returning home to their countries!goodbye-hello-thumb-400x243-2010

It is so exciting to meet all the new au pairs arriving this summer.  August is a month filled with arrivals, but along with the arrivals are so many departures.  Before we move on to our new friends we bid farewell to many people we have grown to love.  Many of the au pairs who have been in the USA for 2 whole years, others for a year, but each of you will face some real challenges when you go home.

At first you will be greeted with welcome home parties with lots of your friends and family gathering to see you again.  The excitement will wear off and everyone will go back to their regular routines and expect you to do the same.  But you are different now!  You are experiencing some reverse culture shock!  You remember how it was in America, you might miss your independence, your favorite restaurant or store, your friends and your host family.  Just like when you came to America, you are feeling a bit homesick.  That will pass and your experiences will enrich your life, you will move on to the next challenges in your life.  You have grown a lot and soon you will be happily living your new life. 

As your Community Counselor, I will miss you and hope you stay in touch.  Facebook and emails are wonderful ways to stay connected.  I look forward to seeing all the great things in your future.  Stay on Cindy Garruba’s Au Pairs Facebook page!

Welcome to the Newly Arrived Au Pairs

Please call and email the new au pairs when they arrive.  You will get emails from me with their phone number and email address when they arrive from Orientation to their host family.  Remember how much you wanted to make friends when you first arrived and please welcome everyone!


Mary Poppins Fun for Au Pairs!

This weekend the Long Island Au Pairs from Au Pair in America enjoyed Mary Poppins on Broadway!

Mary Poppins Au Pairs

The Au Pairs loved the show!  “Mary Poppins was truly magical” said Bruna from Brazil.

The show was perfect for the au pairs who are here in the USA living with host families and providing up to 45 hours of weekly childcare.  They understand the challenges faced by Mary Poppins and would have loved some of her tricks.  Of course they spend their days entertaining their host children, driving them to activities, keeping the safe and happy.


In this picture are Ortal from Isreal and Liza from Colombia.

 AP Mary PoppinsThis is Patricia from Brazil, an Au Pair spending a second year in America.  Au Pairs can extend their time up to 2 full years in the USA.

Our next cluster activity will take the Au Pairs to a Long Island Ducks Baseball game in August.  A chance to experience a truly American sport!

It is not too late to have an Au Pair in your home for September to provide childcare for your family and have a chance to teach your children about cultural exchange. 

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Get Creative – Build a Cardboard Playhouse!

Summertime is a great time to get creative!

Days are long and the weather is warm so it’s a great time to do a project with your host kids.  How about making a playhouse?

Here’s some guidance:

– Get a large appliance box from a local appliance stores and put it in the backyard – get several if you want to make a playhouse city!

– Paint and deco­rate the box

– Cut out a door and some windows, and voila, you have a play house!

Look how much these kids enjoyed their playhouse and it’s not even decorated!